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Soccer to mark 30th anniversary of Bradford disaster

Yahoo - DRC - 21 November, 2014 - 09:23
LONDON (Reuters) - The 30th anniversary of the fire at Bradford City's soccer ground, which killed 56 people in May 1985 will be commemorated by the Premier League and Football League next year. Although the actual date of the disaster at Bradford's Valley Parade stadium was May 11, all matches on the weekend of April 25-26 will be preceded by a minute's silence. The date ties in with City's final home match of their League One (third division) campaign when they play Barnsley. The fire started just before halftime during Bradford's final home match of the 1984-85 season against Lincoln City. ...
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In Mali's desert French troops hunt al Qaeda well by well

Yahoo - DRC - 21 November, 2014 - 09:21

By Joe Penney NORTH OF TIMBUKTU Mali (Reuters) - If the French army and its allies are to keep al Qaeda at bay in the desert of northern Mali they must stop them seizing the biggest prizes in the sea of white sand - the wells. So this month a column of soldiers from France, Burkina Faso and Mali, in armoured vehicles and pick-up trucks, churned towards a village north of Timbuktu where herders water camels and goats. They were looking for signs of infiltration by militants who need water as much as the locals do and aim to convert villages to their ideology. ...

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HSBC sees improved Brazil risk, reward as Rousseff adjusts policies

Yahoo - DRC - 21 November, 2014 - 09:20
By Guillermo Parra-Bernal SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Strategists at HSBC Securities are recommending investors take on additional risk in Brazil, where equity markets sank about 30 percent from this year's peaks, on signs that President Dilma Rousseff will undertake gradual, more market-friendly policy adjustments ahead of her second term. ...
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Concerns about state of global economy have increased - Osborne

Yahoo - DRC - 21 November, 2014 - 09:20

By Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - Stagnation in the euro zone, recession in Japan and geopolitical crises have increased concerns about the state of the global economy, British Chancellor George Osborne said on Friday. Osborne said economic performance in the euro zone was a cause of "real worry and concern", particularly in Britain whose main export markets are in the bloc. "There is definitely more concern around about the state of the global economy than there was a few months ago, you see that not just when you talk about Europe," he told an audience of business leaders in London. ...

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In blow to Cameron, UKIP wins second parliamentary seat

Yahoo - DRC - 21 November, 2014 - 09:19

By William James and Andrew Osborn ROCHESTER/LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives lost a second parliamentary seat to the anti-EU UKIP party on Friday, an embarrassing defeat heralding a possible fragmentation of Britain's two-party system in next year's national election. ...

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U.N. nuclear agency says to discuss site access offer with Iran

Yahoo - DRC - 21 November, 2014 - 09:15
By Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) - The U.N. nuclear agency said on Friday it would discuss an Iranian offer for access to a region where explosives experiments may have taken place, but that it was not as straightforward as suggested by Tehran. Iran told a board meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency on Thursday it would let the IAEA visit the western Marivan region to prove that allegations about its suspected atomic bomb research were wrong and baseless. ...
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Italy's finance minister says more action by ECB is 'welcome'

Yahoo - DRC - 21 November, 2014 - 09:14
LONDON (Reuters) - Italian finance minister Pier Carlo Padoan said more action from the European Central Bank would be welcome to revive growth in the euro zone. Earlier on Friday, ECB President Mario Draghi suggested further stimulus to rescue the euro zone economy was on the way, saying "excessively low" inflation had to be raised quickly by whatever means necessary. "I'm afraid Mario Draghi is signalling a real problem for this disappointing performance of the European economy, especially the euro area," Padoan told Britain's Sky television during a visit to London. ...
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Without quantitative easing, ECB balance sheet ambitions crimped by bank squeeze

Yahoo - DRC - 21 November, 2014 - 09:10
LONDON (Reuters) - Commercial banks' lacklustre appetite for its almost free money could leave the European Central Bank struggling to prime the fragile euro zone economy with another trillion euros as planned. Although the ECB insists it is travelling on a different road to the Federal Reserve, now eyeing rate hikes, its balance sheet has shrunk by roughly a third since 2012 as cash lent to banks at the height of the debt crisis has been returned. ...
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Mercedes reject Vettel's 'boring' quip

Yahoo - DRC - 21 November, 2014 - 09:05

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Mercedes hit back at Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel on Friday after the most dominant driver of recent years quipped that the team had made the Formula One season boring with their success. "Is there anybody out there who believes that it was a boring season? Not one single soul," motorsport head Toto Wolff told the official Formula One website ahead of Sunday's season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. "It was an incredibly exciting season, despite our record. Our drivers were battling each other to the limit and I am sure that the fans appreciate that. ...

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Phone-hacking editor Andy Coulson freed from prison

Yahoo - DRC - 21 November, 2014 - 09:03

Andy Coulson, the former British newspaper editor and one-time communications chief of Prime Minister David Cameron, was released from prison on Friday after serving his sentence for phone-hacking, the justice ministry said.

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When Life Imitates 'The Hunger Games' in Thailand

Yahoo - DRC - 21 November, 2014 - 09:00

While we continue to measure the ideological scope and reach of dystopian cinema on its young acolytes in America, elsewhere, life is beginning to imitate art in a very real way. Earlier this year, protestors in Thailand cribbed the gesture of resistance featured in The Hunger Games following a coup in May.

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Islamic State attacks Iraq provincial capital - officials

Yahoo - DRC - 21 November, 2014 - 08:58

By Raheem Salman and Dominic Evans BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters attacked a government complex in the heart of an Iraqi provincial capital on Friday, local officials said, in an apparently coordinated effort to seize full control of the city. Gunmen fired from rooftops at buildings in Ramadi housing the Anbar governorate offices and police headquarters, while security forces and tribal fighters tried to prevent the militants from advancing. "Mosques are asking anyone who can carry weapons to confront the attackers," provincial council member Hathal Fahdawi told Reuters. ...

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Iran minister cancels plan to leave nuclear talks for Tehran

Yahoo - DRC - 21 November, 2014 - 08:49
VIENNA (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Friday cancelled plans to depart from nuclear talks with six world powers in Vienna and return to Tehran for consultations with top officials in Iran four days ahead of a deadline for a final agreement. "The talks have not reached a stage that necessitates Zarif to go to Tehran," an unnamed senior member of the Iranian delegation told Iranian news agencies ISNA and IRNA. "Therefore he is not going to Tehran and the talks will continue." (Reporting by Parisa Hafezi; writing by Louis Charbonneau)
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Immigration plan draws cheers, criticism across US

Yahoo - DRC - 21 November, 2014 - 08:48

Thousands of immigrant-rights activists, families and elected officials cheered across the country as President Barack Obama announced on television his plan for relief from deportations for about 5 million people.

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Merkel aide raps Russia after report on aid to Ukraine rebels

Yahoo - DRC - 21 November, 2014 - 08:47

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman accused Moscow on Friday of actively stoking the conflict in eastern Ukraine after a senior separatist in the region was quoted as saying the rebels were receiving "a lot" of Russian money. Igor Martinov, the rebel-appointed administrative chief of Donetsk, the region's largest city, told Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung daily that Moscow was helping to finance public services and state pay and pensions no longer funded by the Ukrainian government in Kiev. ...

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Hungarian Internet tax plan hits ruling party support - poll

Yahoo - DRC - 21 November, 2014 - 08:43

By Sandor Peto BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Support for Hungary's ruling party has fallen by one-seventh after it announced - and then hastily withdrew - a plan to impose a tax on Internet usage, an opinion poll showed on Friday. Pollster Ipsos said support for Prime Minister Viktor Orban's Fidesz party had fallen to 30 percent in its latest poll from 35 percent in early October. The party still has a huge lead over its rivals, none of whom appeared to have gained much support at its expense. But the loss of 400,000 supporters for Fidesz in just a few weeks stood out in the poll results. ...

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Schweinsteiger back in Bayern squad after long injury

Yahoo - DRC - 21 November, 2014 - 08:40

BERLIN (Reuters) - Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has been included in the German champions' squad for the Bundesliga game against Hoffenheim on Saturday after being passed fit following a long injury absence. The Germany captain has not played a competitive game for the Bavarians since the World Cup final in July, sidelined with a nagging knee injury. "Bastian has been included in the squad and that is good news," Bayern coach Pep Guardiola told reporters on Friday. "He is back and that means one more player for our squad. ...

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Retailers look to U.S. Black Friday for Christmas lift-off

Yahoo - DRC - 21 November, 2014 - 08:36

By James Davey LONDON (Reuters) - Next week's "Black Friday", a traditional discount day for U.S. retailers, looks set to be the biggest ever for British shops as more join in the promotional event to kickstart Christmas sales. The Friday following the Thanksgiving Day holiday was named Black Friday because spending would surge and it would indicate the point at which American retailers began to turn a profit for the year, or go "into the black". A survey commissioned by Barclays found that 65 percent of Britain's multi-channel retailers plan Black Friday promotions this year on Nov. 28. ...

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Ireland lauds Obama's immigration reform move

Yahoo - DRC - 21 November, 2014 - 08:34
DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland is lauding President Barack Obama's executive orders granting new rights to millions of people living illegally in the United States, saying the reforms will allow thousands of Irish citizens to attend weddings and funerals in Ireland without fear of being barred from returning to their American lives.
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FA investigating Wigan owner Whelan's remarks

Yahoo - DRC - 21 November, 2014 - 08:33

LONDON (Reuters) - The English FA is looking into remarks made by Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan despite his apology for apparently insulting Jewish and Chinese people in a newspaper interview. The FA has also confirmed its inquiry into offensive remarks made by Malky Mackay, who Whelan has just appointed as Wigan manager, is ongoing. The FA has not yet opened a file on Whelan and is looking to establish exactly what the 77-year-old millionaire boss of the Championship (second tier) club said. ...

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